Visas


WWOOF Japan is a quality means to travel in Japan, experience Japanese life, meet local people away from tourist traps, learn about Japanese organic farming & alternate ways of life, and to have genuine experiences in Japan at a grass roots level.

Some people who join WWOOF Japan who are from overseas come to Japan using a normal tourist visa. A tourist visa is usually 90 days, but this may be different depending on agreements between your country and Japan. Some people join WWOOF Japan while they are in Japan as students at a university with a student visa, or working for a company with a visa sponsorship from their employer.

Here is the url for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan.  Please click through their website and you will see alist of Japanese Consulates General in countries all over the world:

www.mofa.go.jp


Obtaining a visa for Japan is entirely a matter between you and the Japanese Consulate General office nearest you. In addition you travel agent may be able to offer you some advice. You should not join WWOOF Japan as a means to getting a visa or employment. Neither we at the WWOOF Japan office, nor our hosts can assist in any way regarding visa related matters.

Please do not ask the WWOOF Japan office, or our hosts, for information or support with visa matters.  All the information we have about visas is provided here in this FAQ. Absolutely no visa support at all can be provided, including so called 'Letters of Introduction' and any other forms of visa support, both direct and indirect.


If you are from a developing country,ie., an African country, India, Nepal, Pakastan, Indonesia, etc., visas for Japan can be difficult to obtain, so please do not send your payment until you first have contacted the Japanese Consulate General nearest you and arranged your visa.

Here are some often asked questions and answerst to them:


Q. Can I go WWOOFing using a normal tourist visa?
A. Yes. Because WWOOFing is part of traveling and learning about Japan, you can go WWOOFing in Japan using a normal tourist visa.

Q.  Do I need a work visa to go WWOOFing?
A.  No.  WWOOFing is a means to travel and learn, and NOT to work and make money.

Q. How can I get a longer tourst visa, or longer visa?
A.  We can give no advice or support on how you might get a longer tourist visa, or extend a tourist visa, or get a visa other than a tourist visa that might have a longer duration than that of a tourist visa.

Q.  What visa should I use to come to Japan?
A.  If you can get a tourist visa, it is probably the best.  Otherwise, we can give no advice as to what visa you should use to come to Japan.  Please direct your questions to the Japanese Consulate General nearest you.

Q.  Can I go WWOOFing using a Working Holiday Visa?
A.  Yes.

Q.  I am eligible for both a tourst visa and a Working Holiday Visa.  Which one is best?
A.  Probably the Working Holiday Visa is best because it is usually a longer duration visa than a tourst visa, and as the visa name suggests can offer more flexibility it terms of what the holder is permitted to do while in Japan.

Q.  Don't I need a letter from WWOOF Japan to get a Working Holiday Visa?
A.  No.

Q.  How can I get a Working Holiday Visa?
A.  We don't know.  Please ask the Japanese Consulate General nearest you.

Q.  Can I get WWOOF Japan, or a WWOOF Japan host, to be a sponsor or give me letters to assist with my visas application?
A.  No.

Q.  Can I get work as a WWOOFer?
A.  No.  WWOOFing is a means to travel, learn and experience.  WWOOFing is NOT a means to work.

Q.  Can I get paid some income as a WWOOFer?
A.  No.

Q.  Is WWOOFing work?
A.  No.  WWOOFing is travel, learning, experiencing.

Q.  How can I get a long term visa?
A.  We don't know.  Please ask the Japanese Consulate General nearest you.

Q.  Is it possible to get a visa for longer than 90 days?
A.  We don't know.  Please ask the Japanese Consulate General nearest you.

Q.  Can I extend my visa once I'm in Japan?
A.  We don't know.  Please ask the Japanese Consulate General nearest you.

Q.  What kinds of visas are available to come to Japan?
A.  We don't know.  Please ask the Japanese Consulate General nearest you.

Q.  What visa is best to use to come to Japan?
A.  We don't know. There are many criteria that can depend on your nationality, age, occupation, marital status, whether or not you've been to Japan before, and more.  Please ask the Japanese Consulate General nearest you.

Q.  What's the best kind of visa to stay say 6 months in Japan?
A.  There can be numerious criteria that can depend on your personal situation.  Please ask the Japanese Consulate General nearest you.  We don't know.

Q.  Is there a 'volunteer' visa category in Japan?
A.  We don't know.  Please ask the Japanese Consulate General nearest you.

Q.  I'm from Germany / Australia / the USA / British / New Zealander / Swiss / Canadian / France / ....., and I want to know what kind of visa is the best one for me to use to come to Japan?
A.  We don't know.  Please ask the Japanese Consulate General nearest you.
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